I write this month’s newsletter from the Car In the midst of Storm Dennis, while on my way to Kent to visit an old friend. As I drive through our beautiful county I see new born lambs, hawthorn and extensive flooding in Early February. Rivers have burst their banks and areas of pasture are underwater. It all feels very early to me, it appears the seasons are out of sync with the Calendar.
When I saw Daffodils in bloom in January I realised that the scientists predictions regarding Global warming were becoming a present reality.
We are a coastal parish and we can’t afford to ignore these predictions. If we continue our Carbon Emissions as we are, we are on track to hit between 3-4 degrees of Global Warming. That level means crop failures, storm surges that could potentially breach Chesil Beach and possibly Melcombe Regis badly affected by flooding. We do need to take action now to avert this catastrophe.
I was overjoyed to notice that the Church of England have taken a lead to tackle this by setting the goal to be Nett Zero in terms of Carbon Emissions by 2030. Pleased but enormously Challenged when you are one of the Custodians of a beautiful 600 year old building that can take almost a day to heat. However for all of our good we must face it.
The answer to Climate Change even its causes are complex, however one thing that is not Ok is not responding. Personally I’ve made some personal choices that might help, I’ve gone Vegan and have plans to re-wild parts of the Rectory Garden specifically planting flowers that help BioDiversity as well as a couple of Trees to help Carbon Capture. I’m also getting a couple of rainwater butts to water the Vegetable patch I will begin in the early spring. A small contribution but one that hopefully will help to decrease further my Carbon Footprint. By the way all advice on gardening, rewilding, and eco Veg patching very welcome as I am a total novice at this stuff. I didn’t learn about gardening at Vicar School surprisingly.
I have also got involved with some low level activism, joining my local Extinction Rebellion Group, campaigning to stop the Portland Waste Incinerator and the Puddletown Oil Well. In coming months I expect to support the campaign in relation to the Incinerator as I believe it to present a risk to the health and well-being of my Parish.
Lent is a season to reflect deeply on the events that led to the Crucifixion of Christ. We reflect on our Sin, our need of Salvation and turning back to God through fasting, prayer, study and the giving of Alms.
I have come to realise we as humans desperately need periods like Lent so we can press reset on our lives and begin afresh. Let us hope that individually collectively and nationally we can press reset before we cause too much damage to ourselves and this beautiful world our Common Home…
Peace and all good
Br Alasdair CFC